Pennsylvania Roads: Sightseeing

Do you have your gloves? Are you wearing your walking shoes? You didn’t forget your camera did you? Oh, good…..Yes, the pick-up is all ready for our trip along Pennsylvania roads…….so hop in, buckle up and let’s get our “Pensie Groove On”…….. 

First stop Philadelphia, City of Brotherly Love….probably the most famous city in America’s history…..The declaration of Independence was drafted and signed here in 1776, Hometown of Benjamin franklin and his Key fetish……and we tend to hold our keepsakes close even when they’re damaged such as our cracked Liberty Bell……

but did you know……

That one of the most haunted places in America, The Eastern State Penitentiary is located in the city of Philadelphia. How would you find it? Just look for Frank…… who is Frank? Well, he is one of the two chained ominous gargoyles that guard Eastern State’s entrance. And if you happen to see Leo Callahan call the authorities – Leo is the only inmate that escaped in 1923, and got away with it. Callahan is still at large (although he would now be over 110 years old).

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The 72 stone steps before the entrance of the Philadelphia Art Museum have become known as the “Rocky Steps” as a result of their appearance in the triple-Oscar-winning film Rocky and four of its sequels, Rocky II, III, V and Rocky Balboa, in which the eponymous character runs up the steps to the song “Gonna Fly Now“. Tourists often mimic Rocky’s famous climb, a metaphor for an underdog or an everyman rising to a challenge. A bronze statue of Rocky was briefly situated at the top of the steps for the filming of Rocky III. This statue, now located at the bottom right of the steps, is a popular photo opportunity for visitors. 

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Benjamin Franklin founded the Philadelphia Zoo, the first public zoo in the United States.

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Philadelphia is home to the cheesesteak sandwich, soft pretzels, and TastyKakes. (Pat’s King of Steak’s – originator of the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich) click here for a recipe: http://philadelphia.about.com/od/regionalfoods/r/pats_steak_recipe.htm

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Outside the Philadelphia area is the Brandywine Valley……my second most favorite part of Pennsylvania!
this area has wonderful sites to visit – so come on lets convince ourselves its Spring and the flowers are calling our names….do you hear them?
” Longwood Gardens is nestled in the historic Brandywine Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, home to a wonderful assortment of world-class museums and gardens….”  http://longwoodgardens.org/  ….

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From there we have to visit Winterthur Museum…. Henry Francis du Pont assembled a collection of early American antiques (1640-1860), which are displayed in 175 rooms of his country home which is one of the few surviving American country estates. http://www.winterthur.org/

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Heading back up North, we have to stop and do a little bit of shopping…..and lunch! so here we are at Peddlers’ Village in Lahaska – Bucks County.  I’ve been coming here for almost twenty years. Peddler’s Village has something for everyone from 65 specialty shops and five restaurants to the luxurious 70-room Golden Plough Inn and Giggleberry Fair family entertainment center. And across the street are the outlets!http://www.peddlersvillage.com/visit/

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Instead of heading straight home, yes I know your probably tired, but there is so much I need to show you! PineRidge Hills is right at Beltzville Lake and Beltzville state Park…pssst….I can walk to it…..and just twenty miles east from here, over Jonus Mountain, we head into Stroudsburg and Ski Country! Stroudsburg, is at the Delaware Water Gap, where the Delaware River notched out a gap between the Appalachian mountains 450 million years ago! That is the area I grew up in. Our homestead was on the Delaware River between the towns of Milford & Dingmans Ferry… Now Stroudsburg (Monroe Cty.) has six major ski resorts, fantastic restaurants, water parks and yes….more shopping! The Poconos is the playground of the northeast. Pocono Mountains, which comes from the Minsi or Munsee Indian word Pokawachne (pronounced Poke Ah Waak-nay), which means “Creek Between Two Hills”….the area is so rich with history and folklore, you would have to spend the week with me in order for me to tell you all the stories and take you to all the sights we have to offer…..but for now, how does dinner sound? Well, snuggle up in front of the fireplace, I’m going to make you a Mushroom Stromboli…after all we are not that far from Kennett Square – the mushroom capital of the world!

Of course I’ll give you the recipe!

Mushroom Cheese Stromboli

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/mushroom-cheese-stromboli

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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.

YIELD: 18 servings

Ingredients

1/4 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced1 tablespoon butter

1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed

3 ounces thinly sliced pepperoni

6 ounces thinly sliced mozzarella cheese

1/4 pound thinly sliced Provolone cheese

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/3 cup spaghetti sauce

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 egg yolk

1/2 teaspoon water

Additional Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

1. In a skillet, saute mushrooms in butter until tender; set aside. On a lightly floured board, roll dough into a 30-in. x 8-in. rectangle; cut into two 15-in. x 8-in. pieces.2. On the long side of each piece, layer pepperoni, cheeses, mushrooms, spaghetti sauce, parsley and oregano. Fold over dough and pinch to seal. Combine egg and water; brush over edges and ends of dough. With a sharp knife, cut five small steam vents in the top of each roll.

3. Place on greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with Parmesan if desired. Bake at 350° for 27-30 minutes or until golden brown. Slice and serve warm. Yield: 36 slices.

Where to now? Bed! well, ok I guess I did run you ragged all day…….Where to next time? hmmmm, I’ll have to think about that……next week we will take another road trip thru Pennsylvania….who knows where we will end up! Come on back on Tuesday to see where the “pick-up” takes us!

 

Country hugs,

Lois

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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  1. Hey,
    Enjoyed the trip, could taste the cheese steaks and smelled the fired onions and the roll was soooo good.
    I took a short cut and viewed all the Tulips along the Parkway and Logan Circle. Snow, what snow??

  2. I love Peddlars Village, haven’t been able to go for awhile. Also love nearby New Hope!!!
    My favorite things about Philadelphia are two. I love going to the Mummers parade. And I love shopping
    at a nifty book store called Mostly Books. Thanks for the tour.

    • I’m hoping to get back down to Peddlers Village in the spring……I so enjoy spending the day, lunch at the Inn…..Have you ever gone during AppleFest? it’s always the First weekend in November…..and the Apple Dumplings are to die for! I also visited your blog! Love It! just printed out the recipe for the Sausage Cheese crescent rolls! and I love your tea cups…I’ll be sharing my mom’s collection of tea cups very soon, and I love your quilts, beautiful……
      Please visit anytime, fellow Pennsylvanian!

      L.

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